The swelling of the arms and legs that occurs due to the removal or damage of the lymph nodes is known as lymphoedema. In addition to swelling patients could experience heaviness and restricted motion in the extremity along with discomfort and pain. Repeated infections have also been observed in patients with this disorder.
HOW IS LYMPHOEDEMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Lymphoedema is based on physical examination and examination of symptoms. General physician may enquire about any recent treatment for cancer and evaluate your medical history. Imaging tests like MRI, CT-scan, Doppler ultrasound and radionuclide imaging of your lymphatic system for diagnosing Lymphoedema.
HOW IS LYMPHOEDEMA TREATED?
Lymphoedema can be treated in a number of ways, including:
• complex physical therapy (CPT)
• compression bandages
• lymphatic drainage massage
• special exercises
• low-level laser therapy
• electrical stimulation
• various forms of vibratory massage
DID YOU KNOW?
Factors that may increase your risk of developing lymphedema after cancer, cancer treatment or other secondary causes include:
• Older age
• Excess weight or obesity
• Rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis